I love to work out my arms, and although Elyse is always reminding me to not just focus on one spot since you cannot spot train, today I get to share with you my favorite three arm movements that help you target multiple muscles!
Why I Love it: It provides a wider range of motion compared to a regular shoulder press and works multiple muscles, mainly your deltoids (on front and side of shoulder), trapezius (top of shoulder), and triceps (back of upper arm).
How to Perform: Either standing or sitting upright on a bench, hold weights with your palms facing in and elbows bent at your side. Engage your core to help you focus on lifting with your arms and shoulders. Lift your arms up overhead, twisting them open to the side as you do so. Your palms should now be facing forward. Lift your arms high overhead, but no need to straighten your arms completely. Lower arms the same way you lifted them, back to starting position. Repeat 10 to 12 times for 3 sets if using heavier weight. If using lighter weight, repeat 15 to 20 times for 3 sets.
Why I Love it: Because it is a compound movement that targets your trapezius, deltoids, and biceps in one movement.
How to Perform: Using free weights or a barbell, stand tall with feet hip width apart and have an overhand grip on the barbell/weights with your palms facing in towards your thighs. Start with the weights resting on your thighs. Make sure your core is engaged, roll your shoulders back, and leading with your elbows, pull the weights up the front of your body to just under your chin. Pause at the top and then lower back down. Repeat 10 to 12 times for 3 sets if using heavier weight. If using lighter weight, repeat 15 to 20 times for 3 sets.
*Important note: Do not jerk your body or use your lower body to help you lift your arms. Make sure you focus on lifting from your shoulders. If this is too difficult, start with a lighter weight to avoid injury.
Why I Love them: Dips are great because they are solely a bodyweight exercise, and as long as you have a couch, chair, coffee table, window ledge, etc., you can pretty much perform them anywhere! Although dips mainly target your triceps, because you are using your bodyweight, dips can also help to target your chest, shoulders, and even forearms.
How to Perform: Using a bench, stable chair, table, etc., position your hands shoulder width apart on the bench. Have your legs straight out in front of you and slide your butt off of the bench so only your arms (and legs) are holding you up. Keep a slight bend in your arms so that you do not hurt your elbows. Being mindful not to let your arms push out to the side (really keep them squeezed in and elbows facing back) and slowly bend your elbows and lower down to about a 90 degree angle. Push down into the bench to lift yourself back up to the starting position. Repeat 15 to 20 times for 3 sets.